Policy & Lobbying
Agricultural Holdings

Scottish Land & Estates sits on the Tenant Farming Forum (TFF), which was set up within the agricultural industry and has as its primary purpose “to help to promote a healthy farm tenanted sector in Scotland”. As such, Scottish Land & Estates is fully engaged with all industry discussions which concern agricultural landlord and tenant issues and the complex legislation.

Scottish Land & Estates has nominated Andrew Howard, Stuart Young, Robert Balfour and Richard Blake (Legal Adviser) as its representatives on TFF and they are supported by a specialist sub-group of agricultural law experts which advises, where required, on technical legal issues.

Recent work includes detailed scrutiny of the proposals, which followed recommendations from TFF to the Scottish Government, to amend the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Acts 1991 and 2003. The TFF has published a note on suggested best practice for rent reviews as well as other useful publications.

Scottish Land & Estates is committed to working with others to ensure that the tenant farming sector thrives and works for both tenant and landlord. Scottish Land & Estates welcomes the Scottish Government’s Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review and has sought to engage as constructively as possible in the process.

You can view Scottish Land & Estates Response:Review of Agricultural Holdings Legislation here...


    Current Consultation Briefings

    • 23/03/2017 - McMaster and others v the Scottish Ministers
      The Court of Session has published its decision on McMaster and others v the Scottish Ministers.  The case was raised by a group of tenants affected by the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014.  The full decision can be found here... Kate McLeish, Brodies LLP (currently on secondment to Scottish
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    • 18/12/2015 - Response to Assignation for Value Model
      The RACCE Committee has called for evidence on amendments to specific agricultural holdings provisions in the Land Reform Bill. A briefing note outlining the initial Scottish Land & Estates' response can be found below.
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    • 08/03/2013 - Evidence Session on Rent Review Working Group Report
        Scottish Land & Estates has been invited to give evidence to the Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment Committee on 20 March 2013 on the report of the Rent Review Working Group.   In advance of that evidence session, a brief paper has been lodged with the Committee and can be accessed below.

    • 23/03/2012 - Agricultural Briefing Note before Stage 1 Debate
      Agricultural Holdings Briefing ahead of the Stage 1 debate Scottish Land & Estates supports the Bill as drafted, as it would see the outstanding measures in the package agreed by the TFF enacted. But Scottish Land & Estates opposes any attempt to widen the definition of “near relative” to nephews and nieces and any attemp
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